Jun 17, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

Harry Potter

Grades 3 through 5 (current academic year)
Jun 17, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

The wizarding world of Harry Potter will come to life this summer! Your professor is busy attending the quidditch playoffs and will be back soon to divulge the details of what you will learn after you meet at Platform 9¾.



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STEAM

Grades 3 through 5 (current academic year)
Jun 17, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

Get a taste of science, technology, engineering, art, and math in this hands-on class. This course will introduce students to computer programming skills, engineering and building, stop-motion animation, pixel art, augmented reality and more!



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Introduction to Advanced Math

Grades 4 through 6 (current academic year)
Jun 17, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

This course is primarily designed around several famous mathematical ideas and the underlying mathematical principles that help to support student understanding. Examples include, but are not limited to: The Konigsberg Bridge Problem, Monty Hall’s Let’s Make a Deal Problem, the Probability of Winning the Powerball, Einstein’s Riddle, and the Binomial Theorem. Some of the specific topics covered include: Pascal’s Triangle, Sums of an Infinite Geometric Series, Probability of Independent Events, Logic, and Euler Paths. 

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Word Nerds

Grades 4 through 6 (current academic year)
Jun 17, 2019-Jun 21, 2019

Come with us on a summer adventure into words, language, and cultures. In this course we will learn new words and language, and to investigate and learn languages other than English. The course will build on fields like linguistics, world languages and literatures, cultural studies, and communication studies to help you develop your skills as a word nerd!

During the course, we will be looking at patterns across languages, nonverbal parts of language, different writing systems, and idioms and expressions. Students will learn how to communicate in another language (or two), and they will be encouraged to share their own knowledge of other languages. We will explore the relationship between language and culture, the phenomenon of disappearing languages, and language origins and interrelationships. Students will even have a chance to invent a language or way of communicating! 
  

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Jun 24, 2019-Jun 28, 2019

Green Screen

Grades 3 through 5 (current academic year)
Jun 24, 2019-Jun 28, 2019

Have you ever wanted to be anywhere in the world at the snap of your fingers? Give a weather report from on top of Mt. Everest? Be the leader of a band performing in outer space? Or travel back in time to experience the Wright Brothers invent flight? Green screen technology is a innovative way to promote outside of the box thinking using digital storytelling and media creation. In this course, students will develop unique ways to craft and communicate a story to visually enhance an idea. Learners will write scripts, act, record, and edit their own green screen creation.

 




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Engineering with Nature

Grades 3 through 5 (current academic year)
Jun 24, 2019-Jun 28, 2019

This course introduces students to engineering through the ingeniousness of the living world around us. During this course, students will explore fundamental concepts and develops skills in many engineering subfields, as well as concepts in physics, life science, and more. Finally, this class will support students developing into Nature-inspired engineers themselves, capable of observing and applying technological ideas from the natural world to solve human challenges through innovation, just like modern professional engineers, architects, and designers do.

Students will discover:

  • How would a pond beetle design a boat without a propeller?
  • Why don’t plants need janitors to keep their leaves clean?
  • Why aren’t chicken eggs square?

Students will design and test towers, gliders, and boats inspired by nature. They discover how snails can travel with one foot over an adhesive mucus, and that’s just the beginning! In the end, after lots of practice problem-solving with nature’s help, students design their own inventions, having learned to see and engage with nature as a phenomena full of extraordinary abilities and things to teach us, able to help humankind innovate to make our world a better place. 



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Mathematics of Games

Grades 4 through 6 (current academic year)
Jun 24, 2019-Jun 28, 2019

Get ready for fun and friendly competition as we learn the mathematical strategy behind playing games! Many mathematical topics will be explored such as probability, statistics, number theory, pattern analysis, geometry, and algebra.  We will tackle the math behind games such as tic-tac-toe, Mastermind, Pachici (known in modern times as Parcheesi), Hearts, Risk, Settlers of Catan, Bridge and many, more.  Playing games will take on new meaning when fun and mathematical thought come together.  Please join us for this active, thought-provoking class! 

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Mixed Media Art

Grades 4 through 6 (current academic year)
Jun 24, 2019-Jun 28, 2019

Have you ever wondered how to paint with wax or craft a stop motion animation movie? In mixed media art, students will explore a variety of art techniques. From drawing, painting, and bookmaking to stop motion animation and digital art creation. We will learn creative thinking tools that help us grow as artists and inventors. Learn how to think like an artist every day. And how to create like one too!

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Jul 08, 2019-Jul 12, 2019

Weird & Amazing Animals

Grades 3 through 5 (current academic year)
Jul 08, 2019-Jul 12, 2019

Animals with strange and amazing bodies and incredible abilities live everywhere on Earth, from the deepest trenches of the ocean to our own backyards! In this class, we will investigate some of the fascinating adaptations of animals and how they compare to our own human abilities. Exactly how big is the biggest animal on Earth? How and why do some animals use bioluminescence (glowing in the dark)? What does it mean to have “eagle eyes”? Bring your thinking caps and imaginations and we will explore these questions and more! 

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Visualizing Mathematics

Grades 3 through 5 (current academic year)
Jul 08, 2019-Jul 12, 2019

In this course, students will experience math concepts in more visual forms. They will connect the things they see every day to the world of math as well as express their understanding of math concepts through art and pictures. Math can be challenging to visualize as concepts get more abstract. Skills learned in this course will help students to conceptualize abstract concepts and algebra through tangible pictures. Students will draw, construct and photograph. They will work individually, in groups and as a whole class. This class is well suited towards students looking for a hands-on approach to math. All artistic abilities welcome! 

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Logical Leaps

Grades 4 through 6 (current academic year)
Jul 08, 2019-Jul 12, 2019

There’s much more to math than arithmetic! Using games and puzzles, we will explore logical reasoning, proofs, induction, and deduction. Not all of our activities will include numbers, but each will be rich in mathematical reasoning that goes beyond computation. We'll even use ciphers, codes, and cryptography to test your puzzle cracking skill! Prepare your math brain for work in algebra, geometry, and other advanced mathematics by practicing the concepts and logical reasoning skills that lie at the center of great math thinking.



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Virtual Reality

Grades 4 through 6 (current academic year)
Jul 08, 2019-Jul 12, 2019

Virtual Reality (VR) immerses you into a 3D environment where you can interact with objects and characters. VR is used in both games and real world applications. In this class, you will have the opportunity to tour places on campus that have created VR rooms and systems to research real world problems—one even has an entire car inside the VR environment! You will also be introduced to VR programming to create your own VR worlds. What will you create?

 

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Jul 15, 2019-Jul 19, 2019

Programming

Grades 2 through 3 (current academic year)
Jul 15, 2019-Jul 19, 2019

In this course, you will get to be creative with computers!

You will start each day with Lego Robotics, which is a fun way to be creative and learn how to design, build, and program robots to do exactly what you tell them to! You will also get to use a First Lego League competition table to have your robot compete against a friend’s.

After lunch, you will continue to explore the creative process of computer programming! You will learn how computer programs work and design programs that tell jokes and stories, play games, and solve problems that cannot be solved without a computer. By the end of the day, you will have learned about programming, graphic design and animation, storytelling, testing and debugging, and other skills that are needed to make software.

You do not need to have previous experience with Legos, robots, or computer programming.



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Interdisciplinary Science

Grades 2 through 3 (current academic year)
Jul 15, 2019-Jul 19, 2019

You will start each day learning about magical potions — when science and creativity meld, it’s pure magic! You will be using science to create some seemingly magical outcomes, and to find out what’s really happening. You will experiment with a variety of different chemicals and materials to create magical concoctions. You will brew up potions such as: heat sensitive color changing slime, glow in the dark magic mud, and homemade lava lamps.  Along the way you will learn about friction, buoyancy, chemical reactions, magnets, compression, and physics.

After lunch, you will explore the Jurassic time period! Prehistoric earth — it’s environment, plants, animals, and events — is a rich and diverse subject for learners of all ages and interests. You will become a paleontologist and study fossils to learn more about prehistoric mammals including dinosaurs. You will also have an opportunity to learn excavation techniques used by archaeologists and paleontologists in the field. Come ready to learn, explore, and be amazed!



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Advanced Interdisciplinary Science

Grades 4 through 5 (current academic year)
Jul 15, 2019-Jul 19, 2019

You will start each day learning the basics of 3D design. You will design your own puzzle cube that we will 3D print and take home! Then, we will work together with the goal of designing and building catapults with 3D printed parts, wood dowels, and rubber bands.

After lunch you will hear fizzing, popping, oohs, and aahs as you enter the lab to learn about chemical changes! You will investigate lots of different types of reactions—what makes them go, how to modify them, why some reactions are similar, and others are not. You will spend time in the lab to discover the wonders of chemistry! Specifically, we will learn how to detect if a change is physical or chemical, perform tests that identify certain products of chemical reactions, and learn how to make lots of fizzing, foaming, popping, and color changing chemical reactions. 



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Advanced Programming

Grades 4 through 5 (current academic year)
Jul 15, 2019-Jul 19, 2019

You will start each day with Cozmo the Robot, a robot with personality that evolves as you interact with it. You will start by interacting with Cozmo by playing games, and learning to control Cozmo though an iPad app. Then you will program Cozmo using Code Lab. Finally, you will see how to program Cozmo using Python.

After lunch, you will explore Lego Robotics, a fun way to learn how to design, construct, and program robots. Use your creativity while learning how to design and program task specific robots. You will review basic design, construction, and programming techniques that will serve as an introduction to the robotics world. You will work individually and engage in peer collaboration to create robots together!

You do not need to have previous experience with Legos, robots, or computer programming.



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